There was a word.
A word that captured my imagination.
One word is all it took to toss me into the uncharted waters of a new walk with the Lord.
Or did He pull me in?
How can a word change your focus, your direction?
God’s in it!
My husband and I escape the hot Florida summer and drive to our nearly one hundred-year-old house in Loafers Glory, North Carolina.
It’s days later, early morning, I sit on the front porch sipping hot coffee and breathing in the cool, honeysuckle-scented air. I hear the rush and tumble of water over stones in the creek. Hummingbirds buzz, beat the air with tiny wings just a few feet away, piercing the red plastic flower feeder with their long, slender beaks.
So much to be thankful for. Good to rejoice in the Lord in this blessed quiet.
I browse through a magazine, scan articles, glance at ads.
I stop, uncross my legs, and straighten as a word leaps from the page, a full-blown idea follows, enough to drive me to my laptop and meld me to the keyboard for hours.
The word? A name. Trista.
An unusual name. It intrigues, interests, claims my imagination, and instantly shapes itself into an impatient, smart, independent teenaged girl.
And within the time-frame of a fast-moving Nantucket Island thunderstorm, she faces challenges that shake her like reverberating thunder and mold her life. Morph it from familiar to unrecognizable.
Time passes. I change. Trista ages, changes, as does her name. And I’m crazy nuts about this girl, amazed at what she’s going through.
She’s Lexi now, a high school grad.
She gears up to leave for college and tries to stay out of love with Ridge, whom her best friend is in love with. And I yearn and puzzle along with her.
Lexi can handle things . . . her faith is strong. Maybe. Those things get pretty heavy.
I watch as she finds an envelope almost as old as she is. There is more to Lexi’s past than she’s been told.
Lexi’s relationships are challenged. Someone knows more about her heritage than she does, wants what she’s found, and threatens her life to get it. And I detest him!
From her island home to a foreign mountaintop, Lexi’s faith is stretched as her future twists into an incredible mission. She battles time and danger. Is God asking too much?
Praising God that The Stonekeepers is published for you to enjoy!